PAOLA — A Paola farmer has entered into a lease agreement with Miami County to produce hay on 100 acres of Miami County Airport land.
County commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the lease with Jerod Ryckert for $32.60 per tillable acre for an annual cost of $3,260.
County Attorney David Heger told commissioners Ryckert has been leasing the ground for several years and has always made his payments on time. The lease agreement runs through Oct. 31, 2020, with Ryckert having the option to automatically renew the agreement annually through October 2022.
“It’s a fair price, and you know who you are dealing with,” Commissioner George Pretz said. “They’re good people.”
The agreement specifies farming equipment, machinery, supplies and bales of hay are not to be stored in the proximity of the runways or taxiways. The lease also specifies the land can only be used for hay — pasturing livestock or planting other crops is not permitted.
In other business, commissioners:
- Approved a resolution to deny a petition by the city of Gardner to annex a 20-acre parcel where its water treatment plant is located on Moonlight Road in Miami County.
- Approved Commissioner Rob Roberts’ recommendation to appoint Kevin Collins to the Miami County Planning Commission to replace Chris Dyer.